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List of Famous Football Nose Tackles

Updated June 14, 2019 11.1k views80 items

List of the most famous (American) football nose tackles in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary nose tackles in the NFL and NCAA, and you'll find all of them on this list below. Some of these men are considered to be the best nose tackles to ever play the game, and if you're looking for a specific football player you can look for them by using the "search" function on this list. These amazing nose tackles may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top nose tackles in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

This list below has a variety of items in it, from Casey Hampton to Jim Burt.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest nose tackle of all time?" and "Who are the best nose tackles of all time?"
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  • 1

    Vince Wilfork

    Defensive lineman
    Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981) is a former American football nose tackle who...  more
  • 2

    Jim Burt

    Defensive tackle, Tackle
    James P. Burt (born June 7, 1959 in Orchard Park, New York) is a former American football...  more
  • 3

    Casey Hampton

    Nose tackle
    Casey Hampton Jr. (born September 3, 1977), nicknamed "Big Snack," is a former American...  more
  • 4

    Joe Klecko

    Defensive tackle, Lineman
    Joe Klecko (born October 15, 1953 in Chester, Pennsylvania) is a former American football...  more

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  • 5

    Fred Smerlas

    Tackle, Nose tackle
    Frederic Charles Smerlas (born April 8, 1957) is a former American football defensive lineman...  more
  • 6

    Alameda Ta'amu

    Nose tackle
    Alameda Ta'amu is an American football nose tackle for the Arizona Cardinals of the National...  more
  • 7

    Ted Washington

    Defensive tackle, Tackle
    Theodore Washington Jr. (born April 13, 1968) is a former American football nose tackle. He...  more
  • 8

    Jeremiah Ratliff

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end
    Jeremiah Jerome Ratliff (born August 29, 1981), is a former American football defensive...  more
  • 9

    Ahtyba Rubin

    Defensive lineman
    Ahtyba Rubin ( ah-TAH-bə; born July 25, 1986) is an American football defensive tackle who is...  more
  • 10

    B. J. Raji

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end
    Busari Alamu Raji Jr. (born July 11, 1986) is a former American football defensive tackle. He...  more
  • 11

    Tim Krumrie

    Defensive tackle, Tackle
    Timothy Alan Krumrie (born May 20, 1960) is a former American football nose tackle who played...  more

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  • 12

    Antonio Johnson

    Nose tackle
    Antonio Rico Johnson (born December 8, 1984) is an American football nose tackle who is...  more
  • 13

    Terrence Cody

    Nose tackle
    Terrence Bernard Cody, Jr. (born June 28, 1988) is a former American football defensive...  more
  • 14

    Barry Cofield

    Nose tackle
    Barry Joseph Cofield, Jr. (born March 19, 1984) is a former American football defensive tackle...  more
  • 15

    Rick Bryan

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end
    Rick Don Bryan (March 20, 1962 – July 25, 2009) was an American college and professional...  more
  • 16

    Gilbert Brown

    Defensive tackle, Nose tackle
    Gilbert Jesse Brown (born February 22, 1971) is a former American football player. A nose...  more
  • 17

    Michael Carter

    Tackle, Nose tackle
    Michael D'Andrea "Mike" Carter (born October 29, 1960 in Dallas, Texas), is a former American...  more
  • 18

    Ron Brace

    Defensive tackle, Nose tackle
    Ronald Jeffery "Ron" Brace III (December 18, 1986 – April 23, 2016) was an American football...  more
  • 19

    Ma'ake Kemoeatu

    Defensive tackle, Nose tackle
    Ma'ake Tu'amelie Kemoeatu (pronounced [maˈʔake kemoeˈatu]; born January 10, 1979) is a former...  more
  • 20

    Phil Taylor

    Defensive lineman
    Phillip Eugene Taylor Sr. (born April 7, 1988) is a former American football nose tackle. He...  more
  • 21

    Russell Maryland

    Defensive tackle, Nose tackle
    Russell James Maryland (born March 22, 1969) is a former professional American football...  more
  • 22

    Antonio Dixon

    Defensive tackle, Nose tackle
    Antonio Dixon (born July 17, 1985) is an American football nose tackle who is currently a free...  more
  • 23

    Brandon McKinney

    Defensive tackle, Nose tackle
    Brandon McKinney (born August 24, 1983) is an American football nose tackle who is currently a...  more
  • 24

    Steve McLendon

    Defensive end, Nose tackle
    Stephen Craine McLendon (born January 3, 1986) is an American football nose tackle for the New...  more
  • 25

    Dontari Poe

    Nose tackle
    Dontari D. Poe is an American football nose tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National...  more